We require an Iraqi Arabic and English fluent researcher to find recent and current (2015-2016), compelling, primary source, credible materials about the political, social and security conditions in Iraq - the whole of Iraq, and especially Basra and Basrah Province. ... We need to find evidence to show specific targeting of the following classes of people in Iraq:
o People who have worked as Iraqi/US/UK government linked contractors;
o People with imputed political opinions – supporting the Iraqi government, and foreign governments – especially those of the USA and the UK
o Non-practising Shia Muslims
o Shia Muslims, in the context of the fatwa issued by Shia leading cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani السيد علي الحسيني السيستاني
That the fatwa means that able bodied Shia males of fighting age will be conscripted and forced to fight against the Sunni Da’Esh/ISIL/ISIS, wherever they might be in Iraq, in the ongoing religious war – that this fatwa applies to the entirety of Iraq
If Shia Muslims do not fight as ordered, they will be perceived as against the fatwa and against Shia Islam, and will be targeted because of this
o Failed asylum seekers returning to Iraq
We need to find current evidence of:
o The deteriorating security situation in Basra and Iraq generally – including the withdrawal of Iraqi military forces to the offensive in the North, and the subsequent tribal fighting and in-fighting amongst resurging tribes (families) in the South and throughout Iraq
Including the resurgence of Muqtada al Sadr, and the Mahdi Army, which was a major threat to Basra previously
o Risk of kidnapping in Basra due to lawlessness and the deteriorating security situation
o Any and all other current and foreseeable future threats to the safety people returning to Iraq.
Materials in Arabic should be those that are otherwise unavailable in English, especially local Iraqi Arabic articles from credible sources, evidencing the above. ... Materials in Arabic should be those that are otherwise unavailable in English, especially local Iraqi Arabic articles from credible sources, evidencing the above. We will arrange translations as necessary.